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The Templar's Quest Paperback – 27 Oct 2011

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; paperback / softback edition (27 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141048999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141048994
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

C. M. Palov graduated from George Mason University with a degree in art history. The author's résumé includes working as a museum guide, teaching English in Seoul, Korea and managing a bookshop. Twin interests in art and arcana inspired the author to write esoteric thrillers. C. M. Palov lives in West Virginia.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M Norman on 29 April 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The real disappointment here is the fact that this is a potentially great story very, very badly told. Thin on plot with rent-a-stereotype characterisation and possibly the most hackneyed dialogue it's been my misfortune to encounter in quite some time, there is virtually nothing to redeem it.

I don't mind suspending my disbelief for an incredible storytline - Lord knows I've done it often enough for the likes of Stephen King and James Herbert - but at least some small part of the story has to be rooted in partial credibility. In short, even at its most extreme one has to at least believe it COULD, in some small way, be plausible.

Not so here. Palov blows that the moment her(frankly absurd) English scholar Caedmon Asquith makes his discovery in the mountains of southern France - a find that is so easy, one wonders why it's taken two thousand years achieve. In fact, so idiotically hackneyed is Asquith as a character, it's hard to decide which is the more ridiculous - the find or the fact it's made by someone so otherwise monumentally stupid.

The dialogue is contrived, laughably gung-ho (but absent of any of the 'cool' that would make it acceptable) and plodding. Asquith aside, the two remaining central characters - Finn McGuire and Kate Bauer - are thoroughly irritating. McGuire is all-American macho stereotypical nonsense with none of the panache of, say, Jack Reacher whilst Bauer has nothing in common with that other Jack of the same name. She spends her time weeping, screaming, shrieking, helpless or all four at once. Any self-respecting, mission-focussed special forces soldier would dump her as quickly as humanly possible. Instead, McGuire (all-too conveniently, easily and quickly) manages to fall in love with this simpering, whimpering human burden.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Bradbury VINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
In a nutshell, the title of this book is more or less completely misleading. That is to say, it has very little to do with the knights templar, and what there is cannot be treated as reliable.

More importantly, given that the book is just over 500 pages long, there is remarkably little plot, and the characters are all pure cardboard/stereotypes. In fact, in my opinion this book reads like it was written by a computer that had been fed all the other recent novels and pseudo-histories of this kind , given an incredibly thin plot to build on, and instructed to flesh the story out with anything that sounded sufficiently loopy to attract unsuspecting readers.

This is yet another book thar proves that Amazon should allow reviews with a zero star rating.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lornemcd on 2 Feb. 2013
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First impressions were good, and the action was exciting, but it soon degenerated into a poor man's lookalike for Dan Brown, without its credibility. How did Finn get his knife though the security scanners on Eurostar, for instance? Or Caedmon pick up the Internet on top of a mountain in the Pyrenees? The Dark Angel kills a gigolo in her own flat - how does she get away with that, and what does she do about the body and blood? And there's no mention of how an injured Caedmon manages to get from the wilds of the Pyrenees to a mainline train station - an undertaking which would take many an author several pages to describe. Too many magic wands!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Lees-milne on 27 April 2013
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An unlikely mix of medieval folk-lore, Nazi propaganda, and a "gung-ho" marine. Not the most convincing yarn, but did keep me reading to the end, which was a little tame. I will not be reading any more of the "Templar" series by Palov.
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The Templars' Quest is a novel written with a broad sweep of academic and arcane knowledge added to a vibrant imagination. This a great story on many counts. How could it fail? Fascinatingly complex, it offers a powerful secret society, a long-lost artefact, a tough marine, and a vulnerable and grieving young mother pulled into a maelstrom against implacable foes.

So why only 4*s instead of 5*s? To tell the truth, I almost tossed it after the first few chapters. (I persevered, however, and I am glad that I did.) The initial pages focus largely on a tough, aggressive marine whose dialogue quite frankly reveals the author's ignorance of soldier-talk. He is much more comfortable with his prose which is admirably sprinkled with references from Shakespeare, quotations from old English ballads, Irish poetry, history, classical music, Egyptology, Germanic culture and language, and highly complex science. The writer is extremely erudite and this, coupled with his inventive imagination, render the book extremely satisfying on an intellectual level.
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And herein lies the problem. It is Palov's very education that makes him incapable or reproducing, in any convincing way, the normal speech patters of the ordinary soldier. Too often what is clearly meant to be hard and macho comes across as nerdy and cringingly off-putting. I did warm to the marine eventually but not without having to curb the more than occasional flinch at his serious lack of 'cool' together with the occasional less-than-felicitous choice of verb. (Would a hard-bitten macho soldier "snigger" in the heat of an angry argument?)

Of course, it could well be that I am being pedantic here. Do not let my 'pickiness' put you off. This is a great story. The descriptions of Paris are wonderful and the highly ingenious plot hatched by 'The Seven' to revisit WWII is as good as anything Dan Brown might have come up with. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.
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